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Sask. medical info leaked because three doctors share the same last name

Saskatchewan’s privacy watchdog says the medical information of 109 people was leaked because three doctors share the same last name.

One letter and 85 faxes were said to be “misdirected” to the office of Dr. Darcy Marciniuk (DM), according to an investigation report by Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Ron Kruzeniski.

In some cases the faxes were intended for Dr. Jeffrey Marciniuk. Both physicians practice in Saskatoon and have the same specialty.

“In one case, a fax should have been sent to Dr. Tanya Marciniuk who also practices in Saskatoon. The misdirected letter should have been sent to Dr. JM (Jeffrey Marciniuk),” the report says.

Kruzeniski says the incident underscores privacy concerns around the widespread use of fax machines in the health system. He also pointed to three similar breaches in recent memory.

“In previous investigation reports, I have expressed serious concerns about the privacy risks that arise from the ongoing use of traditional faxes to send personal information and personal health information,” he said.

The leaked information included echocardiography reports, cardiology reports, hospital discharge records, lung function reports, ophthalmology reports, pathology reports, lab results, medical imaging results, patient care notes, referral letters and consultation notes, the report says.

In some cases, it also included a person’s name and health card number, in other instances an individual’s address, phone number, birthdate and gender.

The senders of the faxes included large organizations such as the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the report says. Other senders included clinics where multiple health care providers worked, other senders were sole practitioners.

Kruzeniski attributes the leaks to a variety of errors — unclear direction to administrative staff from a physician, the wrong or incomplete name provided by the patient, or the wrong

‘Critical’ public health info slow to reach New Brunswick parents

FREDERICTON, N.B. — By John Chilibeck

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Daily Gleaner

New Brunswick’s acting chief medical health officer was so concerned with the rise of respiratory viruses earlier this month he held a news conference — the first he’d hosted in months.

At the Jan. 9 presser, Dr. Yves Léger stressed the importance of flu and COVID vaccinations and to follow safe hygiene practices given the rise of RSV and Strep-A infections.

That week alone, five people in the province died from influenza and COVID, and six preschool children needed hospital treatment for the viruses, according to the province.

In the period just before that, between Dec. 10 and 30, a total of 26 New Brunswickers died from respiratory viruses, including a child under five.

And yet, a Jan. 12 letter Léger addressed to families of school communities talking about the steps people could take to safeguard themselves and others didn’t immediately go out to all schools.

The provincial government sent the letter to the school districts, which were responsible for distributing them. Some schools didn’t send them to parents right away.

École Sainte-Anne in Fredericton, for instance, sent the letter to parents Jan. 18 – six days after Léger had issued it. The school is part of Francophone South School District.

Likewise, Anglophone South School District reported that four of its schools sent the notice out late, while Anglophone North School District told Brunswick News it inadvertently sent the notice out to all its parents on Jan. 18, due to a technical problem.

Brunswick News asked the Health Department last week why the notice did not go to all parents promptly and at the same time, given it was based on the advice of the chief medical health officer, who has a duty to

Insurance Broker Notifying 1.5 Million of Health Info Hack

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California Firm Said August Attack Affected Clients’ Data

Insurance Broker Notifying 1.5 Million of Health Info Hack
Insurance broker Keenan & Associates is notifying more than 1.5 million individuals about an August 2023 hacking incident that compromised personal and health information. (Image: Keenan & Associates)

A California insurance broker that handles employee benefits, workers’ compensation and property liability is notifying more than 1.5 million individuals about a ransomware and data exfiltration attack last August that compromised health insurance information, passport numbers and Social Security numbers.

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Torrance, California-based Keenan & Associates reported the hacking incident on Monday as affecting nearly 1.51 million individuals.

Keenan & Associates in a statement to Information Security Media Group said the data affected in the incident pertained “to certain clients and a limited number of employees.”

Information potentially compromised in the incident includes individuals’ names; birthdates; numerical identifiers such as Social Security, passport number and driver’s license; health insurance information; and general health information.

The broker said that on Aug. 27 it had discovered certain disruptions occurring on some Keenan & Associates network servers. “Within hours of identifying the cybersecurity incident, we had contained it,” the company told ISMG.

Keenan & Associates also notified the FBI.

An investigation determined that an unauthorized party had gained access to certain internal systems at various times for about a week, between Aug. 21 and Aug. 27.

Keenan & Associates declined ISMG’s request for additional details about the incident, including the type of customers affected by the hack and whether the firm would report the breach to federal regulators as a HIPAA breach.

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Mother worried about inconsistency in sharing important N.B. Public Health info

A recent memo from the province’s acting chief medical officer of health to parents has raised concerns about inconsistencies in how the education system handles forwarding Public Health information.

On Jan. 12, Dr. Yves Léger advised parents and guardians about the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19, the flu and RSV, an increase in Group A strep infections, and steps they could take to protect themselves and others and the health-care system.

At least one school district — Anglophone West — forwarded the memo directly to parents right away.

But CBC News has confirmed another district — Francophone North West — waited three days, while others sent it to the schools to send to parents and still can’t say for sure if they did.

“They just kind of bobbled it’

Miramichi mother Kathleen Gadd says her children’s elementary school only posted the memo on Facebook six days later and says some schools still haven’t shared it, even though a child under nine has already died from an invasive Group A strep infection this year.

“This is something that really is relevant to every school family. And here’s this great communication from the Department of Health, the first direct communication that we’ve had from the Department of Health since 2022. And they just kind of bobbled it,” she said.

It’s a stark contrast to the way the school system handled Public Health messaging early in the pandemic, when all parents received information quickly through email and voicemail, according to Gadd.

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Kathleen Gadd, pictured here with two of her daughters Renée Martin (behind) and Cameron Martin (right), contends education officials don’t seem aware of the risk of transmission of illnesses in schools or the role schools play in community outbreaks. (Submitted by Kathleen Gadd)

She thinks the problem stems from the

Data breach exposed health info of 3 million Ontarians

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An Ontario agency that collects data on pregnancies and births in the province says a cybersecurity breach earlier this year resulted in a leak of personal health information of approximately 3.4 million people.

The Better Outcomes Registry and Network Ontario said Monday that the breach in May resulted in information leaked largely regarding approximately 1.4 million people seeking pregnancy care and 1.9 million newborns born in the province.

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The leak was the result of an international breach of file transfer software MOVEit, which the perinatal and child registry said it used to send information to authorized care and research partners.

“As a result of the incident, unauthorized parties were able to copy certain files from one of BORN’s servers,” BORN Ontario, which is funded by the Ministry of Health, wrote in a news release.

“Data in the copied files included personal health information collected from primarily Ontario fertility, pregnancy, and child health care providers.”

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Individuals are most likely to be affected by the privacy breach if they gave birth or had a child born between April 2010 to May 2023, received pregnancy care in Ontario between January 2012 and May 2023 or had in-vitro fertilization or egg banking between January 2013 and May 2023.

BORN Ontario said the compromised software is no longer in use and the breach has been reported to the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s office, which is reviewing it. There is no evidence to date that the copied data has been misused for fraud, it added.

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“We have engaged experts to monitor the dark web for any activity related to this incident,” it

Manitobans gave more private info than necessary in online sale of park pass, licences: ombudsman

Manitobans are required to disclose too much personal information to buy a provincial park pass or hunting and fishing licence online, the province’s ombudsman ruled.

The report argues it “is not reasonably necessary” that customers reveal their driver’s licence number, passport number or personal health identification number to use the third-party online system, which Manitoba started using in 2020.

Divulging personal information for this purpose contravenes the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Personal Health Information Act, the ombudsman said.

Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s former privacy commissioner, said the level of information Manitobans are disclosing to visit a provincial park or cast a fishing line is “absurd.” 

“Personal health information is being collected, which it shouldn’t, and sensitive information like passport numbers and drivers licences just to get a hunting licence or whatever?” she said. “Far too excessive.”

The ombudsman called on the province to immediately stop collecting people’s personal health identification number and destroy all records, which the province says it did last year.

The report also recommends the province limit the collection of other forms of personal information, such as a driver’s licence or passport number. This information is considered an “identifier” that’s required when setting up a customer account.

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Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, says the level of information requested for Manitobans to use the e-licensing service for park passes or fishing licences is ‘absurd.’ (Joe Fiorino/CBC)

The government said it is currently working to address that recommendation — but not fast enough, Cavoukian argued.

“That’s the most damaging one,” she said. “The enormous concern is when personal identifiers are used and collected in methods like this.”

Cavoukian, who founded the “privacy by design” concept that calls on embedding privacy protections from the beginning to prevent future harms, said identity theft is

Doctor in Toronto texted medical info to patient’s family: CPSO

A Toronto doctor has been barred from practicing until August after she was found to have sent private medical information to a patient’s former spouse, friends, and daughter over text and Facebook Messenger.

Dr. Elika Safar Zadeh, an endocrinologist at North York General Hospital, has been suspended from practicing for five months, from March 20 to August 20, after admitting to engaging in professional misconduct by sharing a patient’s medical records on multiple occasions with their family and friends, a March finding published by the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal (OPSDT) shows.

The ruling cites an incident in which Safar Zadeh admitted she engaged in professional misconduct after sharing a patient’s medical records three times – in January and April 2019 – with their family and friends.

The ruling says the patient involved, a woman referred to as Patient A, was treated for the “first and only time” by Safar Zadeh in 2015. After being admitted, Patient A received mental health care, it said.

Four years later, in 2019, Safar Zadeh had ceased to have a doctor-patient relationship with the patient, but had engaged in a relationship with her former husband, who is also a physician, the tribunal found.

Safar Zadeh then accessed the medical records of her former patient without her consent, stating that the woman “had been harassing and threatening her” and she needed to reference past care in case of incoming legal action, a summary of the complaint, initially issued to the College of Surgeons and Physicians of Ontario’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee reads.

She then however took photographs of the records and texted them to the woman’s ex-husband – in what the committee found to be “a serious breach of professional obligations […] done mainly for personal gain.”

Additionally, the committee found Safar Zadeh’s

Equipment studying qualified: Overall health info revolution is underway

In medicine, notes Tingting Zhao, Ph.D., there is no these issue as far too considerably information. “When it comes to creating the most effective conclusions for their patients, physicians often want to know additional,” she says. An assistant professor of Info Programs and Analytics and a school fellow with Bryant’s Middle of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Zhao is an emerging leader in health care informatics, a area that supplies new insights into retaining us more healthy and far better educated.

Zhao, an accomplished researcher, scientific tests a vary of subjects at the intersection of information, technologies, and clinical expertise. That fusion, she states, is an crucial and enjoyable frontier with limitless potential. “By combining all three of them, we can make better conclusions in conditions of public coverage, disorder handle, and disorder prevention,” claims Zhao, who will be instructing in Bryant’s new Health care Informatics graduate application this fall.

As technological innovation evolves, it provides additional information and facts than ever in advance of. Some estimates counsel that the health care field generates as much as 30 p.c of the world’s details, a range that could increase to 36 percent by 2025, according to RBC Funds Marketplaces. Health care informatics, which integrates healthcare sciences, personal computer science, data science, and cognitive science, helps practitioners figure out new ways to use information to improve shipping and delivery of care, enhance individual instruction, and tell public health coverage. 

It is now a lot more important than at any time that specialists have the competencies and awareness to comprehend, use, and innovate with details, claims Zhao, pointing to the rise of precision medication, an emerging method for ailment cure and prevention that takes into account specific variability in genes, ecosystem, and life style. It’s a competitive and enjoyable area, she claims

Misinformation and overall health care do not blend: it’s time to emphasis on info

It does not matter where you look. Right across our province and place, overall health-treatment systems are going through huge worries. And yet, regardless of the quite a few hurdles that stand in our way, there is reason for optimism and hope.

Lots of men and women have asked me regardless of whether I would have fully commited to becoming the president and main executive officer of Niagara Overall health in February 2020 if I had recognised what I was signing up for. My answer by no means wavers. Of course, 1,000 for every cent.

And here’s why. At Niagara Wellbeing, I am — and keep on to be — blessed to operate alongside unbelievable men and women. The pandemic’s effect on our sector was profound. In fact, we are just coming to understand the entire fat of its psychological, psychological and bodily toll on our workforce. A workforce that helped pull our full neighborhood by way of some of its darkest times in modern memory.

In the heat of that battle, we uncovered a couple of important classes.

Very first and foremost, the significance of owning a concrete and ahead-searching plan. In the course of the earliest days of the pandemic, this is a luxury we were not afforded as we fought, working day by day. But now that the worst is guiding us, we can get back to executing a program for the foreseeable future. This is a pivotal chance and a responsibility we do not acquire lightly.

The approach we are now applying is nearly a decade in the generating. It’s built to build a foremost, fashionable wellbeing process throughout three cornerstone hospitals in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland. In all of this, it has been and will carry on to be our leading precedence to

Deceptive and low-top quality Mpox health and fitness info in TikTok videos

In a modern posting revealed in the journal BMJ World wide Health and fitness, scientists assess TikTok movies on mpox for their written content, information quality, and engagement.

Study: Mpox (monkeypox) information on TikTok: analysis of quality and audience engagement, Image Credit: Dotted Yeti / Shutterstock.com

Examine: Mpox (monkeypox) details on TikTok: investigation of excellent and audience engagement, Image Credit rating: Dotted Yeti / Shutterstock.com


Because of to the wide level of popularity and arrive at of TikTok, a shorter video mobile system, it has grow to be an critical general public resource of well being details and psychological assist throughout the mpox outbreak. So, assessing the good quality of health care info getting communicated on this app is essential.

Buyers in the United States of The usa invest an common of 45.8 minutes each individual day viewing TikTok movies on well being-similar facts. For illustration, during the coronavirus ailment 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, medical professionals and public overall health departments also employed TikTok to market awareness about COVID-19 and proper misinformation about this disease.

Preferably, community overall health businesses should create other productive overall health data-sharing devices. Furthermore, they really should spread awareness that in search of wellness data on social media could be dangerous.

Info implies that over 70% of people today who sought details from social media knowledgeable impairments in their overall health status. Because men and women go on to use social media to understand about overall health-linked information and facts, assessing the health-similar material shared on all popular social media platforms is crucial. Reduced-high quality facts could misguide clients in their health and fitness choices, therefore primary to a wellness crisis. 

Preceding experiments have assessed the excellent of the information in online video material on COVID-19 and other health conditions like Takotsubo syndrome and their engagement with the viewers. Engagement analyses assist receive extra views, likes, and remarks on posted material.


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